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Ali R. Abtahi, DO MSc

Dr. Ali R. Abtahi

Dr. Ali R. Abtahi

Expert Plastic Surgeon in Dallas

Ali R. Abtahi, DO, MSc, is a highly skilled and accomplished surgeon who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the fields of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Comprehensive Aesthetic Surgery, and General Surgery. He has honed his exceptional attention to detail through years of military service and a decade-long commitment to training alongside world-renowned experts in the surgical arts. With a keen artistic vision and a deep passion for delivering only the highest quality results in plastic surgery, Dr. Abtahi is dedicated to providing a truly outstanding and customized experience for each of his Dallas, Plano and Ft. Worth, TX patients. Dr. Abtahi’s surgical specialties include rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, mommy makeover, and more.

Inspiring A Daily Commitment to Personal Transformation

Dr. Abtahi’s primary focus is to inspire positive change in patients, both internally and externally. He believes in helping patients become the best versions of themselves and understanding that the process of achieving beauty is a daily commitment rather than a one-time destination.

Many people might see a before and after photo on Instagram and assume that the transformation was effortless. However, the journey toward achieving their desired outcome is not always easy. It requires sacrifices and a continuous effort to overcome any obstacles along the way. Dr. Abtahi and his team encourage patients to make that daily commitment every day, knowing that it is a step towards their goal of improved health, beauty, and overall wellbeing.

Dr. Abtahi’s mission is to convey to patients that their journey towards beauty involves an internal change that goes hand-in-hand with the external change. It requires a daily commitment to achieving their desired outcome, which he strives to support in every possible way.

Our practice is founded on the belief that aesthetic plastic surgery is an act of self-love. We provide world-class services that focus on the highest quality results in a personalized concierge surgical experience that puts the patient at the center of the entire journey. We strive to be a comprehensive aesthetic plastic surgery office for the face, breasts, and body, so patients can rely on us throughout their lifetime. We believe investing in oneself is not vain, but an act of love and self-care, just like eating right, not smoking, or working out. It is upkeep, maintenance, aging gracefully, and treating your body like a temple. Our message is to promote self-love and beauty, and this is the culture we strive to embody in our practice.

Core Values of Dr. Abtahi's Practice

In addition to providing world-class aesthetic plastic surgery services, Dr. Abtahi and his team uphold a set of core values that guide their practice. These values are centered on fostering a strong doctor-patient relationship, individualized patient-centered treatment, and a positive, fun, and healthy atmosphere.

At the heart of Dr. Abtahi’s practice is a commitment to building a robust doctor-patient relationship anchored in genuinely getting to know each other. This connection is essential, as it ensures that patients have faith in Dr. Abtahi and his team and believe in their commitment to guiding them to the best possible outcome, even in the face of complications.

The second value is individualized patient-centered treatment, which focuses on patients’ physical, mental, and financial health and overall well-being. The practice will not upsell patients for unnecessary or unproven treatments or put their aesthetic goals above their overall well-being.

Finally, Dr. Abtahi and his team aim to create a positive, fun, and healthy atmosphere that exemplifies wellness. They want patients to become better people, not just better-looking, and will lead by example, promoting healthy living through every interaction they have with people. Dr. Abtahi’s team is committed to creating a healthy lifestyle within the office, promoting a culture of healthy living and healthy lifestyles, and encouraging Dallas, Plano and Ft. Worth, TX patients to join them on that journey.

Early Education

Dr. Ali R. Abtahi was born and raised in Rolla, Missouri. He was a standout student-athlete at Rolla High School, where he received varsity letters in football and wrestling. He was also named Homecoming King and earned the title of “Best Personality” in his senior year.

After graduating from high school, Dr. Abtahi attended the University of Missouri—Columbia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. During this time, he participated in the ROTC program and was recognized with several decorations for scholastic and military-trainee achievements.

Military Service

Prior to medical school and upon graduating from the University of Missouri—Columbia, Dr. Abtahi was commissioned as an active-duty Air Force Officer and served honorably for 3.5 years at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. During his time in the Air Force, Dr. Abtahi was assigned to various units, including the 71st Fighter Squadron and the 30th Intelligence Squadron. One of the highlights of his service was providing presidential support to George W. Bush for the Summit of the America’s conference in Panama. He was also appointed to the elite F-15 Aerial Demonstration Team, where he traveled to airshows in over 30 states and four countries.

After leaving active duty, Dr. Abtahi joined the Air Force Reserves at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to complete his military commitment while pursuing a master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Missouri–-St Louis.

Medical Education and Training

In 2008, Dr. Abtahi moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, to attend medical school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was the acting President of the medical school’s largest organization, the student surgical society.

Following medical school, Dr. Abtahi completed his General Surgery residency at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he was recognized with several awards, including The Gold Humanism Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Resident Teacher Award. He was also inducted into the esteemed Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society.

Dr. Abtahi completed his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he served as the program’s Chief Surgical Resident for two consecutive years. He earned distinction for the highest in-service exam score and was awarded the W.T. Lawrence Award for Clinical Excellence in 2021. After graduation, he completed a highly-coveted fellowship through the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.


  • University of Missouri — Columbia. B.S. Biological Sciences (1999 – 2003)    
  • University of Missouri — St Louis. M.S. Cell and Molecular Biology (2007 – 2008)    
  • The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) – Erie, PA. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (2008 – 2012)   
  • Wright State University – Dayton, OH. General Surgery Residency (2012 – 2018)   
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics – Iowa City, IA. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (2018 – 2021)   North Texas Plastic Surgery – Sacha Obaid, MD – Dallas, TX. Accredited Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship (2021 – 2022)
Dr. Ali R. Abtahi in surgery

Personal Life

Beyond his demanding work as a surgeon, Dr. Ali R. Abtahi values a balanced life that includes time for personal pursuits and meaningful connections with his loved ones. In his free time, he enjoys staying physically active through regular workouts, which help him maintain his focus and energy levels.

Dr. Abtahi also has a passion for travel and has explored many fascinating destinations around the world. He finds that immersing himself in new cultures and environments enriches his perspective and inspires new ideas.

Most importantly, Dr. Abtahi cherishes spending quality time with his family. He is married to Katherine, a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist in the Dallas area, and they have three wonderful and hilarious children. Together, they enjoy a range of activities, from sports and games to movie nights and shared meals.

Beyond his professional and athletic pursuits, Dr. Abtahi is also an accomplished musician. He plays the drums, piano, and guitar and has served as the lead vocalist for several cover bands over the years. He finds that music provides a creative outlet that allows him to recharge and explore new forms of self-expression.

Additional Information

Professional Memberships   

  • The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery   
  • The Rhinoplasty Society   
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery   
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons   
  • Plastic Surgery Political Action Committee   
  • The Plastic Surgery Foundation   
  • Alpha Omega Alpha   
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation  

Honors and Awards   

  • Aesthetic Society Education and Research Fund Grant (2021)   
  • T. Lawrence Award for Clinical Excellence, University of Iowa Division of Plastic Surgery (2021)   
  • Highest Overall In-service Exam Score, University of Iowa Division of Plastic Surgery (2021)   
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Fraternity Inductee (2017)   
  • Wright State University, Department of General Surgery “Outstanding Resident Teacher Award” (2016)   Arnold P. Gold Foundation “Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award” (2014)   
  • Regional “Nils Pfenning Award” winner, Pittsburgh Center for Organ Recovery & Education (2011)   
  • 1st Runner-up LECOM “Student Doctor of the Year,” Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (2010)   
  • President of “Student Organization of the Year,” Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (2010)   
  • Sigma Sigma Phi, Osteopathic Medical Honors Society Inductee (2010)   
  • US Air Force, 480th Wing “Personnel Officer of the Year” (2007)   
  • Air Force Achievement Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster (2007)   
  • National Defense Service Medal (2006)   
  • Air Force Achievement Medal, F-15C Aerial Demonstration Team (2006)   
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal (2006)   
  • Academic Excellence Award, Air & Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base (2004)   
  • Air Force ROTC Cadet of the Year, University of Missouri–Columbia (2000)      

Active State Licenses   

Texas, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Virginia, Utah, Florida, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado  

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A Conversation with Dr. Ali Abtahi

As a plastic surgeon, I find the most fulfilling aspect of my work is seeing my patients happy with their results. Boosting their confidence and giving them a positive mindset is a transformation that occurs inside and out. My goal is to find their strengths and enhance them while sanding down the rough edges. It is important to guide my patients through their surgical journey to ensure their experience is personalized and satisfactory. If they are not pleased with the results, I will revise them until they are satisfied or refer them to an expert. Ultimately, I am committed to delivering the highest quality results and creating a positive impact on their lives.

The decision to pursue a career in medicine was rooted in my childhood, inspired by my mother’s dream to become a doctor. My mom is a Salvadorian immigrant who came at the age of 19 with $40 in her pocket and wanted to become a doctor. But after meeting my father, having kids, and then, unfortunately, getting a divorce, she was forced to work diligently to single-handedly raise myself, my older sister, and also my cousin, who had come from El Salvador. My mother was never able to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. However, she planted a seed in me when I was very young that medicine might be something I would want to do. As I grew older, particularly during middle and junior high school, this interest became more and more legitimate.

My interest in medicine grew as the narrator watched a show about surgeries and realized the power of surgery to heal. My journey toward becoming a doctor was an uphill climb but one that was driven by the desire to help people and relate to them on a human level. After exploring different surgical specialties, I decided to pursue plastic surgery because it matched my artistic inclination and belief in the power of appearance to affect confidence and self-esteem. As a plastic surgeon, my philosophy is to bring out the beauty in patients and help them transform from the inside out through permanent lifestyle changes.

The thing that sets our practice apart is the personalized experience we offer to each patient. We do not use a cookie-cutter approach and are not volume-based. Instead, we listen to our patients’ goals and wishes and tailor our services accordingly. We recognize that not everyone wants the same procedures, and some people may only want natural-looking results. Therefore, we use different approaches and methods for each patient, depending on their individual needs.

We do not follow the same protocol for every patient because we understand that each person is unique, and we take all factors into consideration. We will not do procedures on patients that we do not believe in, even if we could make more money by doing so. We strive to develop a human-to-human connection with our patients and make every effort to put them at ease so they feel comfortable sharing their concerns with us. Our goal is to create a genuine bond with our patients and provide a personalized experience that is unmatched elsewhere.

When patients come in for a consultation, I make sure to focus on building a strong doctor-patient relationship. During the consultation, I do the majority of the discussion with the patient and take the time to listen to their goals and concerns. I want to know what specifically they’re looking for, what they don’t like, and what they do like. Patients are encouraged to bring in pictures of their ideal results, and we discuss whether their expectations are realistic. I stress that the process is a team effort between the patient and me, and I encourage patients to put in the work before and after surgery to achieve their desired results.

I make it clear to patients that even the best surgeons cannot perfectly hit the mark of what they’re looking for, so we focus on making them look better, not perfect. I tell patients that the process is a journey and that swelling and recovery are a part of it, and we are there to hold their hand through the entirety of the process. During consultations, I start our conversations by asking two questions. The first question is where the patient is from, which gives me a perspective on how I can connect with them on a human level. The second question is for the patient to tell me something unique about themselves. This gives me an opportunity to build a connection with them and remember their story, face, and name. Patients have shared extraordinary stories with me, from trying out for American Idol to surviving an awful wildfire. By taking the time to get to know my patients on a personal level, I can better understand their goals and tailor my approach to their unique needs.